Rules

The following rules (“UCC pro rules”) will be used to govern all professional matches taking place in the Ultimate Cage Championships.

They are the same as the Nevada State rules as used by the UFC, with the specific inclusion of a five-minute recovery period being allowed for fighters who have suffered an eye-poke/eye-gouge.

Rounds:

Every round is 5 minutes in duration with a one minute rest period in-between rounds.

Title matches are five rounds, standard matches are three rounds. Semi-pro and amateur will consist of two rounds.

Five-round non-title ‘super fights’ may take place where both parties are agreed.

Attire:

All competitors must fight in approved shorts, without shoes or any other sort of foot padding. Shirts, gis or long pants (including gi pants) are not allowed. Fighters must use approved light gloves (4-6 ounces) that allow fingers to grab.

Judging Criteria

The ten-point must system is in effect for all fights. Three judges score each round and the winner of each receives ten points, the loser nine points or less. If the round is even, both fighters receive ten points.

Legal/Illegal Techniques

Competitors may use any strikes, holds, throws, takedowns, locks and submission techniques from all martial arts systems, except those techniques specifically prohibited in the list of fouls below.

All attacks to the back of the head are illegal. A strike is considered to be to the back of the head where a strike is landed to the rear part of the cranium and the fist of the attacking fighter is not in some contact with the ear of the opponent. As long as part of the fist is touching the defender’s ear, the strike is not considered to be on the back of the head.

Accidental strikes to the back of the head will be subject to a warning from the referee on first instance. Repeated instances will leave the fighter responsible subject to point deduction or disqualification at the referee’s discretion.

All attacks to the groin are illegal. Accidental strikes will not be penalised on first instance, injured fighter will be given five minutes to recover. Repeated instances of striking the groin – accidental or not – will leave the fighter responsible subject to point deduction or disqualification at the referee’s discretion.

All attacks to the eyes are illegal. Accidental eye-pokes will not be penalised on first instance, injured fighter will be given five minutes to recover. Repeated instances of poking or otherwise directly injuring the eye with the fingers or thumb will leave the fighter responsible subject to point deduction or disqualification at the referee’s discretion.

All instances of deliberately illegal attacks will allow the referee the option of disqualifying the attacking fighter immediately.

Fouls

The following are fouls:

  • Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent. (see Gouging)
  • Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh.
  • Grabbing the clavicle.
  • Downward elbows to the head of an opponent (where the elbow travels from ceiling to floor direction; elbow attacks where the arm is parallel to the floor are permitted)
  • Kicking the head of a grounded opponent.
  • Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent.
  • Stomping a grounded opponent.
  • Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck. (see piledriver)
  • Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent.
  • Spitting at an opponent.
  • Engaging in an unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an opponent.
  • Using abusive language in the ring or fenced area.
  • Attacking an opponent on or during the break.
  • Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee.
  • Attacking an opponent after the bell has sounded the end of the period of unarmed combat.
  • Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee.
  • Timidity, including, without limitation, avoiding contact with an opponent, intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury.
  • Interference by the corner.

General Conduct

Fighters can be tested at random and without notice for steroids, performance enhancing drugs and other illegal substances at the discretion of UCC.

B-class pro

These rules are the same as the pro rules, except that all elbow strikes are prohibited and are to be considered fouls. Use of elbow attacks under these rules will be subject to sanction by the referee.

Semi-pro

These rules are the same as the pro rules, except that:

– no headshots are permitted on the ground. Headshots on the ground under these rules will be considered a foul and are subject to sanction by the referee.
– all elbow strikes are prohibited and are to be considered fouls. Use of elbow attacks under these rules will be subject to sanction by the referee.
– fights will consist of two rounds of five minutes duration

Weight Classes:

  • Lightweight – over 145 lbs (65.8kg) to 155 lbs (70.3kg).
  • Welterweight – over 155 lbs (70.3kg) to 170 lbs (77.1kg).
  • Middleweight -over 170 lbs (77.1kg) to 185 lbs (83.9kg).
  • Light Heavyweight – over 185 lbs (83.9kg) to 205 lbs (93.0kg).
  • Heavyweight – over 205 lbs (93.0kg) to 265 lbs (120.2kg).